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  • Fireworks illuminate the night sky over Copacabana beach during New Year celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday Jan. 1, 2012.

      Fireworks illuminate the night sky over Copacabana beach during New Year celebrations in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, Sunday Jan. 1, 2012.
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  • Ed Wieczerzak, 49, of Wayne, N.J., takes a photo of the New Year's Eve ball as revelers crowd Times Square, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011, in New York.

      Ed Wieczerzak, 49, of Wayne, N.J., takes a photo of the New Year's Eve ball as revelers crowd Times Square, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011, in New York.
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  • People gather for New Year's celebrations in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012.

      People gather for New Year's celebrations in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012.
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  • People dance during New Year's celebrations in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012.

      People dance during New Year's celebrations in Madrid, Spain, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012.
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  • In this Dec. 31, 2011 photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, staff members of He Garden show their homemade glasses in the shape of 2012 in Yangzhou, east China's Jiangsu Province.

      In this Dec. 31, 2011 photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, staff members of He Garden show their homemade glasses in the shape of 2012 in Yangzhou, east China's Jiangsu Province.
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  • In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, people attend New Year's celebrations in Shanghai, China Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012.

      In this photo released by China's Xinhua News Agency, people attend New Year's celebrations in Shanghai, China Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012.
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  • A Buddhist monk takes up alms from Thais during a morning alms offerings, part of New Year's celebrations, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012 in Bangkok, Thailand.

      A Buddhist monk takes up alms from Thais during a morning alms offerings, part of New Year's celebrations, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012 in Bangkok, Thailand.
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  • Michael Thomas, left, of the Bronx borough of New York, and Petty Officer 3rd Class Sam Yeatman, of Austin, Texas, watch the show during the New Year's Eve celebration in Times Square, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011,in New York.

      Michael Thomas, left, of the Bronx borough of New York, and Petty Officer 3rd Class Sam Yeatman, of Austin, Texas, watch the show during the New Year's Eve celebration in Times Square, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011,in New York.
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  • The crowd packs New York's Times Square during the New Year's Eve celebration as seen from the Marriott Marquis Hotel, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011, in New York.

      The crowd packs New York's Times Square during the New Year's Eve celebration as seen from the Marriott Marquis Hotel, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011, in New York.
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  • One of six professional base jumpers from around the world leapt off the Observation Deck of the Marina Bay Sands "SkyPark" to mark the start of the new year in Singapore, Sunday Jan. 1, 2012.

      One of six professional base jumpers from around the world leapt off the Observation Deck of the Marina Bay Sands "SkyPark" to mark the start of the new year in Singapore, Sunday Jan. 1, 2012.
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  • Fireworks explode in the sky over Bucharest, Romania, at midnight, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, during street celebrations of the new year. Large crowds gathered downtown Romania's capital taking advantage of the dry weather to attend the celebrations.

      Fireworks explode in the sky over Bucharest, Romania, at midnight, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, during street celebrations of the new year. Large crowds gathered downtown Romania's capital taking advantage of the dry weather to attend the celebrations.
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  • Fireworks explode over the Houses of Parliament, including St Stephen's Tower which holds the bell known as Big Ben as London celebrates the arrival of New Year's Day Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012.

      Fireworks explode over the Houses of Parliament, including St Stephen's Tower which holds the bell known as Big Ben as London celebrates the arrival of New Year's Day Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012.
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  • A couple kiss as fireworks explode in the sky over Bucharest, Romania, at midnight, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, during street celebrations of the new year. Large crowds gathered downtown Romania's capital taking advantage of the dry weather to attend the celebrations.

      A couple kiss as fireworks explode in the sky over Bucharest, Romania, at midnight, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012, during street celebrations of the new year. Large crowds gathered downtown Romania's capital taking advantage of the dry weather to attend the celebrations.
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  • People welcome the New Year at the Constitution Square in Warsaw, Poland, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012.

      People welcome the New Year at the Constitution Square in Warsaw, Poland, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012.
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  • People watch fireworks as they welcome the New Year at the Constitution Square in Warsaw, Poland, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012.

      People watch fireworks as they welcome the New Year at the Constitution Square in Warsaw, Poland, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012.
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  • Fireworks light the sky shortly after midnight during New Year's celebrations in downtown Macedonia's capital Skopje, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012.

      Fireworks light the sky shortly after midnight during New Year's celebrations in downtown Macedonia's capital Skopje, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012.
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  • Fireworks illuminate the sky over newly-built cable-stayed Ada Bridge over the Sava river in Belgrade, Serbia, early Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012. The new Ada Bridge opened with fireworks at midnight on New Year's Eve. The new bridge is 964 meters (0.6 miles) long, 200 (219 yards) meters tall and 45 meters (49 yards) wide.

      Fireworks illuminate the sky over newly-built cable-stayed Ada Bridge over the Sava river in Belgrade, Serbia, early Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012. The new Ada Bridge opened with fireworks at midnight on New Year's Eve. The new bridge is 964 meters (0.6 miles) long, 200 (219 yards) meters tall and 45 meters (49 yards) wide.
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  • Fireworks explode over the Houses of Parliament, including St Stephen's Tower which holds the bell known as Big Ben as London celebrates the arrival of New Year's Day Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012.

      Fireworks explode over the Houses of Parliament, including St Stephen's Tower which holds the bell known as Big Ben as London celebrates the arrival of New Year's Day Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012.
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  • People gather for New Year's celebrations in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011. A flag reads "2012 Happy Revolution."

      People gather for New Year's celebrations in Madrid, Spain, Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011. A flag reads "2012 Happy Revolution."
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  • Fireworks light the sky above the Quadriga at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin shortly after midnight, greeting the New Year, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012. Hundred thousands of people celebrated the beginning of the New Year 2012 in Germany's capital.

      Fireworks light the sky above the Quadriga at the Brandenburg Gate in Berlin shortly after midnight, greeting the New Year, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012. Hundred thousands of people celebrated the beginning of the New Year 2012 in Germany's capital.
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  • Fireworks light the sky above the Cathedral Square in Vilnius shortly after midnight, greeting the New Year, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012. Thousands of people celebrated the beginning of the New Year 2009 in the Lithuanian capital.

      Fireworks light the sky above the Cathedral Square in Vilnius shortly after midnight, greeting the New Year, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012. Thousands of people celebrated the beginning of the New Year 2009 in the Lithuanian capital.
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  • Revelers celebrate the New Year on the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris, Sunday Jan. 1, 2012.

      Revelers celebrate the New Year on the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris, Sunday Jan. 1, 2012.
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  • Revelers celebrate the New Year on the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris, Sunday Jan. 1, 2012. Visible in background is the Arc de Triomphe.

      Revelers celebrate the New Year on the Champs Elysees avenue in Paris, Sunday Jan. 1, 2012. Visible in background is the Arc de Triomphe.
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  • Lebanese watch a firework display the New Year's celebrations in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012.

      Lebanese watch a firework display the New Year's celebrations in downtown Beirut, Lebanon, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012.
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  • Fireworks explode over the ancient Acropolis Hill with the Parthenon temple during the New Year's celebrations in Athens, on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012.

      Fireworks explode over the ancient Acropolis Hill with the Parthenon temple during the New Year's celebrations in Athens, on Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012.
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  • Russians celebrate the New Year on Red Square in Moscow, with the Kremlin in the background, right, and St. Basil's cathedral in background left, Russia, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012. Tens of thousands of people gathered on the Square to celebrate the new year, and view the fireworks as the clock on the Kremlin's Spassky Tower, right, struck midnight.

      Russians celebrate the New Year on Red Square in Moscow, with the Kremlin in the background, right, and St. Basil's cathedral in background left, Russia, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012. Tens of thousands of people gathered on the Square to celebrate the new year, and view the fireworks as the clock on the Kremlin's Spassky Tower, right, struck midnight.
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  • Russians celebrate the New Year on Red Square in Moscow, with the Kremlin in the background, right, and St. Basil's cathedral in background left, Russia, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012. Tens of thousands of people gathered on the Square to celebrate the new year, and view the fireworks as the clock on the Kremlin's Spassky Tower, right, struck midnight.

      Russians celebrate the New Year on Red Square in Moscow, with the Kremlin in the background, right, and St. Basil's cathedral in background left, Russia, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012. Tens of thousands of people gathered on the Square to celebrate the new year, and view the fireworks as the clock on the Kremlin's Spassky Tower, right, struck midnight.
    Associated Press

  • A German soldier with the NATO- led International Security Assistance Force cheers as she carries balloons on her back during the celebration of New Year at the ISAF's headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011.

      A German soldier with the NATO- led International Security Assistance Force cheers as she carries balloons on her back during the celebration of New Year at the ISAF's headquarters in Kabul, Afghanistan, on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011.
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  • A man lights an Old Man effigy which symbolizes burning the past and getting ready to start a happy New Year without bad memories of the past in Mumbai, India, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012.

      A man lights an Old Man effigy which symbolizes burning the past and getting ready to start a happy New Year without bad memories of the past in Mumbai, India, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012.
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  • Jessica Ong from Singapore starts her new year celebrations early on New Year's Eve, at the Hogmanay street party on Princes Street, Edinburgh, Scotland, Saturday Dec. 31, 2011.

      Jessica Ong from Singapore starts her new year celebrations early on New Year's Eve, at the Hogmanay street party on Princes Street, Edinburgh, Scotland, Saturday Dec. 31, 2011.
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  • People celebrate the New Year with firecrackers on the streets in Mumbai, India, Sunday, Jan 1, 2012.

      People celebrate the New Year with firecrackers on the streets in Mumbai, India, Sunday, Jan 1, 2012.
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  • Filipinos watch a fireworks and water fountain display as they welcome the New Year at Manila's Rizal Park, Philippines on Sunday Jan. 1, 2012. More than 200 people have been injured by illegal firecrackers and celebratory gunfire in the Philippines despite a government scare campaign against reckless New Year revelries, officials recently said.

      Filipinos watch a fireworks and water fountain display as they welcome the New Year at Manila's Rizal Park, Philippines on Sunday Jan. 1, 2012. More than 200 people have been injured by illegal firecrackers and celebratory gunfire in the Philippines despite a government scare campaign against reckless New Year revelries, officials recently said.
    Associated Press

  • Visitors waves China national flags as they celebrate a light show at the Temple of Heaven during the New Year Countdown Ceremony in Beijing, China, Sunday Jan. 1, 2012.

      Visitors waves China national flags as they celebrate a light show at the Temple of Heaven during the New Year Countdown Ceremony in Beijing, China, Sunday Jan. 1, 2012.
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  • Ayano rings in the New Year at Sensoji temple in the Asakusa district in Tokyo, Japan, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012.

      Ayano rings in the New Year at Sensoji temple in the Asakusa district in Tokyo, Japan, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012.
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  • Thousands of revelers troop to the capital's largest shopping mall to watch the fireworks display to welcome the New Year Sunday Jan.1, 2012 in Manila, Philippines.

      Thousands of revelers troop to the capital's largest shopping mall to watch the fireworks display to welcome the New Year Sunday Jan.1, 2012 in Manila, Philippines.
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  • Taiwan's tallest skyscraper Taipei101 displays "Taiwan TOP" after firework display explodes off in the New Year, Saturday, Jan. 1, 2012 in Taipei, Taiwan.

      Taiwan's tallest skyscraper Taipei101 displays "Taiwan TOP" after firework display explodes off in the New Year, Saturday, Jan. 1, 2012 in Taipei, Taiwan.
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  • South Koreans in traditional costumes perform to celebrate the New Year near the border village of Panmunjom (DMZ) that separates the two Koreas since the Korean War, at Imjingak Pavilion in Paju, South Korea, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012.

      South Koreans in traditional costumes perform to celebrate the New Year near the border village of Panmunjom (DMZ) that separates the two Koreas since the Korean War, at Imjingak Pavilion in Paju, South Korea, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012.
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  • A giant dragon lantern is displayed to celebrate the New Year near the border village of Panmunjom (DMZ) that separates the two Koreas since the Korean War, at Imjingak Pavilion in Paju, South Korea, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012. The year 2012 is celebrated as the year of the dragon on the Chinese lunar calendar.

      A giant dragon lantern is displayed to celebrate the New Year near the border village of Panmunjom (DMZ) that separates the two Koreas since the Korean War, at Imjingak Pavilion in Paju, South Korea, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012. The year 2012 is celebrated as the year of the dragon on the Chinese lunar calendar.
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  • South Koreans view the burning of Daljips, a wooden hut built on top of a hill, to celebrate the New Year near the border village of Panmunjom (DMZ) that separates the two Koreas since the Korean War, at Imjingak Pavilion in Paju, South Korea, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012.

      South Koreans view the burning of Daljips, a wooden hut built on top of a hill, to celebrate the New Year near the border village of Panmunjom (DMZ) that separates the two Koreas since the Korean War, at Imjingak Pavilion in Paju, South Korea, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012.
    Associated Press

  • A firework display explodes off Taiwan's tallest skyscraper Taipei101 to usher in the New Year, Saturday, Jan. 1, 2012 in Taipei, Taiwan.

      A firework display explodes off Taiwan's tallest skyscraper Taipei101 to usher in the New Year, Saturday, Jan. 1, 2012 in Taipei, Taiwan.
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  • Malaysian people watch fireworks explode during the New Year celebrations at Independence Square in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012.

      Malaysian people watch fireworks explode during the New Year celebrations at Independence Square in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012.
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  • Revellers celebrate the New Year celebrations in Hong Kong's Times Square Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012.

      Revellers celebrate the New Year celebrations in Hong Kong's Times Square Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012.
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  • Pakistani tourists enjoy a boat ride on Rawal lake as the sun sets in Islamabad, Pakistan on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011.

      Pakistani tourists enjoy a boat ride on Rawal lake as the sun sets in Islamabad, Pakistan on Saturday, Dec. 31, 2011.
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  • Fireworks burst over the Sydney Harbour Bridge during New Year's celebrations in Sydney, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012.

      Fireworks burst over the Sydney Harbour Bridge during New Year's celebrations in Sydney, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2012.
    Associated Press

 

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